The committee is comprised of a small group of motivated and dedicated health staff with an interest in global health, and greatly supported by the hospital through inclusion of membership from both the Foundation and Mission directorates. 

Read more about the current committee membership below. 

Dr Michael Augello

Michael is an Emergency Physician at St. Vincent's. He has previously been the Director of Emergency Medicine Training and was a Medical Adviser to Oilsearch between 2005 and 2010. His first experience of developing world medicine was during his medical student elective when he spent 11 weeks in the Solomon Islands in 1996. He has an interest in education and previously facilitated on Emergency Life Support (ELS) courses in Australia, and various other courses developed using the hi fidelity mannequin at St. Vincent's Education Centre. He has also previously been involved with exam preparation for several PNG M.Med Emergency candidates.

In 2013, Michael volunteered as an honorary lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of Medicine 1, Yangon in Myanmar for 3 months. 

He is a founding member of the committee and current co-chair.  

Dr Guy Sansom

Guy is an Emergency Physician who has practiced and taught medicine in the Karakorum of Northern Pakistan, the Solomon Islands, PNG and Bougainville. Locally, he continues with volunteer teaching of the CRANA Remote Emergency Care Course to health workers in remote and regional Australia.

Dr Georgina Phillips

Georgina has a long involvement with medicine in the Pacific Islands region, which began with a two year placement with the Australian Volunteers Abroad program in 1996, in the remote atoll nation of Kiribati, where she worked as an emergency specialist.

She has travelled to the Solomon Islands and PNG many times to provide professional support and development for local trainee Emergency Physicians, attend the PNG annual Medical Symposium, and facilitate Primary Trauma Care courses. She has also hosted Pacific Islands health professionals during their travels to Melbourne.

Georgina has an interest in research and has published articles exploring the emergency department care of complex patients with mental illness, substance abuse and social vulnerability. She has maintained her links with development organisations working in the Pacific region, and takes an active interest in issues of sustainability and social justice.

Blandine Dent

Blandine Dent continues the legacy of her late husband and Pacific Health Fund founder, Dr Andrew Dent. Blandine worked with Andrew as a nurse in Cameroon and as a teacher in Papua New Guinea. She shared his passion for health in the developing world and always supported his endeavors in the Asia Pacific Region. Blandine and her two sons, Christian and Stephan, are committed to continuing Andrew’s vision through the Pacific Health Fund.

Brigid Ryan


Brigid is a Program Manager with St Vincent’s Mental Health. She has a public health background and has worked with health workers from the Pacific region in the areas of community mental health and rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS and prevention of violence against women.

Dr Katerina Kantalis

Dr Katerina Kantalis is the Foundation Director (Acting) for St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. Katerina has an extensive fundraising background, both within Australia and overseas.